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Working the Waiver Wire: Week 3

As well as one can draft their fantasy football team, inevitably a combination of injuries and surprises arise throughout the year. As a result, working the waiver wire is a key component of winning your fantasy league. Here is some advice on whom to pick up and whom to leave alone in the free agent pool:


MUST-HAVE

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos – 8 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut? Umm, hello Bay Bay! This kid can play, he has a competent quarterback, and the Broncos love to throw it. He appears to be a keeper.
Kyle Orton, QB, Broncos – If he’s still available in your league, it’s time to pounce. Read the excerpt above on Thomas for more. Just wait until they get past difficult week five and six matchups and the pay off will be there.
Neil Rackers, K, Texans – He’ll score plenty of points in that offense. If he’s available in your league, it’s time to scoop him up and trade in your kicker if he’s not producing.
Lawrence Timmons, LB, Steelers – 26 tackles in two games? I’ll take it. Expect him to keep producing on that stellar defense.
LaRon Landry, S, Redskins – 28 tackles, a sack and two passes defended so far. He clearly is benefiting from the switch to the 3-4 defense and loving it.
*Recommended last week, make sure they’re not still available: Clay Matthews, Eddie Royal, Mark Clayton

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Todd Haley Knows He Is Screwing Your Fantasy Team

Fantasy football owners know the worst possible thing you could hear about one of your players is “out for the season.” Owners will also tell you that the second most dreaded phrase in fantasy land is “running back by committee.” If you have a running back, you want him getting the bulk of the carries and scoring the bulk of the touchdowns, not sharing it with somebody else. Such is the case with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Running back Jamaal Charles is beginning to prove himself as a serious play maker with the ability to take it to the house at any moment. Contrarily, the Chiefs also signed Thomas Jones in the off-season who is known for his strength and durability but not his big-play capabilities. Most fantasy owners shied away from Thomas Jones in drafts figuring Charles was the up-and-comer, but they’ve been disappointed by the timeshare throughout the preseason and in week one.

Charles seems to be the better back and was the more prized fantasy commodity, but as long as coach Todd Haley continues to split the carries fantasy owners will be upset. It doesn’t matter much to Haley though, as he said “It’s a good problem to have. Now, in the fantasy football world I could see it being a bad problem to have. But we’re worried about the Kansas City Chiefs and what we need to do to win.” Worst part is he knows he’s screwing you.

You know what though? No position gets injured quicker in the NFL than running backs. Anything that prolongs a player’s career or keeps him healthy I support. I also don’t have T.J. or Charles on my fantasy team either!

Show Me Your TDs! Fantasy Football Most Popular Team Names

The two best parts of fantasy football are the draft, and picking your team’s name. I generally put about 99.95% of my effort into the former and leave about 0.05% of my effort into the latter. The result is a lame ass team name like “No Name Heroes” in the Yahoo! league in which I’m participating. I know, my creativity sucks. Anyway, in case you’re thinking of changing your team’s name or in case you’re wondering what the most popular fantasy football team names are, CBSSports.com has released its list of the 200 most popular names.

A few notes on the list: Bulldogs was number two on the list for some reason, Cowboys was the most popular team, and Chad Johnson’s “Child Please” went from unranked to 31st.
Here’s the Top 10:

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Working the Waiver Wire: Week 2

As well as one can draft their fantasy football team, inevitably a combination of injuries and surprises arise throughout the year. Ryan Grant can be knocked out for the season, Matt Stafford can hurt his shoulder, or some rookie bursts onto the scene out of nowhere. As a result, working the waiver wire is a key component of winning your fantasy league. Here is some advice on whom to pick up and whom to leave alone in the free agent pool:

MUST-HAVE

Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers – With Ryan Grant done for the year, Jackson becomes the back to own in Green Bay. He’s not a special talent, but playing in a high-scoring offense should yield touchdowns. Beware of TD vulture John Kuhn stealing his looks and don’t expect monster weeks from Jackson, but he’ll be a good RB3/flex play.
Clay Matthews, LB, Packers – 7 tackles and two sacks, adding onto the 10 he had last year. He has plenty of support and could be in for a monster second season.
Patrick Chung, S, Patriots – If you play in an IDP league, you have to get your hands on Chung. 16 tackles is a big number, and Chung is a big playmaker.

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LBS Week 1 Fantasy Football Report

So did you have Arian Foster in your lineup week one? Hopefully you were the wise one who drafted him because he was a “must-have” in my eyes. If you were lucky enough to have him, then you definitely cashed in and won your league. Other players? Eh, not so much. Here’s your LBS week 1 fantasy report.

Big Timers:
Arian Foster – 3 touchdowns and team-record 231 rushing yards against the Colts
Hakeem Nicks – 4 rec 75 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Panthers
Matt Forte – 201 total yards, 2 touchdowns, one fumble lost
Chris Johnson – 150 total yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders
Austin Collie – 10 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown against Houston
Chad Johnson Ochocinco – 12 catches, 159 yards and a touchdown vs Pats

Busters:
Mike Sims-Walker – no catches, no stats, nothing.
Jonathan Stewart – 5 carries, 12 yards
Michael Crabtree – 2 catches, 12 yards
Buffalo’s offense – 166 total yards, 50 rushing yards
Matt Schaub – 9/17 for 117 yards one touchdown and one interception

Fantasy analysis on every game to follow:

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